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Barn with Snow

Georgia O'Keeffe (AKA Georgia Totto O'Keeffe), American, (November 15, 1887–March 6, 1986)

Creation date: 1934
Creation place: United States

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norton S. Walbridge
Accession Number: 1976.215
State/Province: New York
Dimensions: 16 in. x 28 in. (40.64 cm x 71.12 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

The Downtown Gallery, Inc., New York, New York ( - )

The Downtown Gallery, Inc., New York, New York ( - 1960)

Georgia O'Keeffe, New York, New York (1934 - )

H. R. Aldredge, Dallas, Texas (1952 - )

Mr. and Mrs. James S. Snowden, Fort Worth Texas (1960 - ca. 1966)

Mrs. Frederick M. Lege, III, Washington, D.C. (1966 - )

Doris Bry, New York, New York (1966 - 1967)

Georgia O'Keeffe, New York, New York (1967 - ca. 1969)

Doris Bry, New York, New York (1969 - 1969)

Sidney and George Perutz, Dallas, Texas (1969 - 1971)

Mr. and Mrs. Norton S. Walbridge, La Jolla, California (1971 - January 14, 1977)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (January 14, 1977 - )

Label Copy

O’Keeffe often demonstrated sensitivity to the aesthetics of a locale, bringing to her work a sense of local mood and atmosphere that persisted even as she exhibited an economy of detail and a propensity for flat geometric forms. Barns were a frequent motif in her work, and Barn with Snow was inspired by her time in Lake George. Born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, O’Keeffe spent her formative years in a modest rural environment in relative isolation. The barns in Lake George and also those located in the Gaspé region of Canada connected her to her past, but it was their formal qualities, their history, and their connection to the land that inspired her. The emphasis on geometric planes in Barn with Snow reoccurs later in her approach to architecture in New Mexico. There was a simplicity to both the barns and the adobe homes of the Southwest that resonated with her rejection of ornate detail.

October 18, 2914
Anita Feldman, Deputy Director of Collections and Exhibitons
Georgia O’Keeffe
American • 1887–1986
Barn with Snow
Oil on canvas • 1934
In her many landscape paintings, Georgia O’Keeffe demon- strated sensitivity to capturing the aesthetics of place—a sense of local mood and atmosphere that persisted even as she tended to an economy of details and a propensity for flat geometric forms. In New York City, for example, she struggled with the urban setting, but she created a masterful abstract response to the growing presence of skyscrapers. In New Mexico she gleaned inspiration from the desert terrain and adobe architecture. Barns were a frequent motif in O’Keeffe’s work, and Barn with Snow was inspired by the artist’s 1932 trip to the Gaspé region of Canada, where she noted that the “beautiful barns…looked old, as if they belonged to the land, while the houses looked like bad accidents.”
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norton S. Walbridge 1976.215
Last Updated: 7/8/2021

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Georgia O'Keeffe: New Paintings An American Place , 2/5/1937 - 3/17/1937

Paintings by 12 Younger Americans The Downtown Gallery, Inc. , 10/19/1937 - 11/6/1937

[Georgia O'Keeffe] Frank Perls Gallery , 4/23/1952 - 5/20/1952

An Exhibition of Paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe Dallas Museum of Art , 2/1/1953 - 4/11/1953

Fort Worth Collects Fort Worth Art Center , 9/6/1960 - 10/2/1960

Fort Worth Collections Fort Worth Art Center , 5/1/1963 - 5/31/1963

Georgia O'Keeffe: An Exhibition of the Work of the Artist from 1915 to 1966 Amon Carter Museum , 3/17/1966 - 7/31/1966

Georgia O'Keeffe Whitney Museum of American Art , 10/8/1970 - 4/30/1971

Out of Sight: Works of Art from San Diego Collections San Diego Museum of Art , 3/18/1972 - 4/23/1972

The Making of the American Art Museum: Civic Spirit, Patronage, Connoisseurship , 8/1/1981 - 10/1/1981

Precisionist Painting and American Photography , 9/1/1982 - 11/1/1983

In Quest of Excellence: An Inaugural Tribute , 10/27/1983 - 6/28/1984

Winter , 2/1/1986 - 3/16/1986

The Walbridge Legacy The San Diego Museum of Art , 4/9/1988 - 5/29/1988

Georgia O'Keeffe: American and Modern InterCultura , 4/8/1993 - 1/16/1994

Georgia O'Keeffe , 1/18/2000 - 3/28/2000

Georgia O'Keeffe: Six Decades of Landscapes & Life Bakersfield Museum of Art , 1/20/2000 - 3/28/2000

Georgia O'Keeffe Kunsthaus Zurich , 10/24/2003 - 2/4/2004

The Paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe and Agnes Pelton , 4/18/2009 - 9/6/2009

Georgia O'Keeffe , 10/4/2011 - 9/1/2012

Behold, America! Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/10/2012 - 2/10/2013

Modern Nature: Georgia O'Keeffe and Lake George , 6/15/2013 - 5/11/2014

American Visions: Place and Identity The San Diego Museum of Art , 10/18/2014 - 3/17/2015

Rural Modern: American Art Beyond the City Brandywine River Museum of Art , 10/29/2016 - 1/22/2017

Cross Country: The Power of Place in American Art, 1915-1950 High Museum of Art , 2/12/2017 - 5/7/2017

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Ms. Mary Stofflet. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 178

The Walbridge Legacy San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1988
Page Number: 62

Elizabeth Montgomery. Georgia O'Keeffe Barnes & Noble, Inc.. New York, New York, 1993
Page Number: 4-5, Figure Number: 4-5

Elizabeth Montgomery. Georgia O'Keeffe Barnes & Noble, Inc.. New York, New York, 1993 (reprinted 1998)
Page Number: 4-5, Figure Number: 4-5

Susan Wright. Georgia O'Keeffe: Smithmark Publishers. New York, New York, 1996
Page Number: 32, 34, Figure Number: 34

Charles C. Eldredge. Georgia O'Keeffe: Yale University Press. New Haven, Connecticut, 1993
Page Number: 36, Figure Number: 36

Charles C. Eldredge. Georgia O'Keeffe: Yale University Press. New Haven, Connecticut, 1993
Page Number: 189

Charles C. Eldredge. Georgia O'Keeffe: Yale University Press. New Haven, Connecticut, 1993
Page Number: 223, no. 36

Mitchell A. Wilder, ed. Georgia O'Keeffe: Amon Carter Museum. Fort Worth, Texas, 1966
Page Number: 29

Lloyd Goodrich and Doris Bry. Georgia O'Keeffe Praeger Publishers, Inc.. New York, New York, 1970
Page Number: 34, no. 81

Barbara Buhler Lynes. Georgia O'Keeffe: Yale University Press. New Haven, Connecticut, 1999
Page Number: 511, no. 822, Figure Number: 822

Heather Barrentine and Kate Sotelo-Lemos. Georgia O'Keeffe: Bakersfield Art Foundation, Inc.. Bakersfield, California, 2000
Page Number: 4, Figure Number: 4

Georgia O'Keeffe Hatje Cantz Publishers. 2003
Page Number: 193 no. 37

Georgia O'Keeffe Hatje Cantz Publishers. 2003
Page Number: 106, Figure Number: 37

Amanda C. Burdan. Rural Modern Skira Rizzoli Publications, Inc.. 2016
Page Number: 151, Figure Number: Plate 63

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